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Homescape Magazine Managing Editor • Carmel Johnson Sub Editor • Paul McInneny

Twelve months ago we made an editorial team decision to tweak our magazine and give you more lifestyle stories.

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do and where they live …be it in either the Goulburn or the Murray Valleys.

Design • Adelene Alampi • Jodie Lowen Production Manager Darren Hall Contributing Writers • Cheryl Hammer • Rhonda Sutton • Leanne Downing • Carmel Johnson • Debbie Mori Photography • Trevor Phillips • Craig Thorne • Serana Hunt (Photo8 Photography) • Garry Osborn • Kylie Hayley Advertising Sales • Annabel Thomas • Sue Dowling • Josie Fratantaro Phone: 03 5831 2455 Administration • Sharan Rossignoli

Our decision has been validated with many of you telling us that they are enjoying reading about people, what they

We happily welcome your ideas and suggestions and will gladly publish your photos and forthcoming events in our regional and events section. Additionally we are most appreciative of your feedback, and feel sure that our outstanding team here at Homescape will continue to bring you a magazine that truly reflects what is happening out there. In our winter edition we hope that you will find our “going, going green” edition both interesting and informative. You will read about some amazing individuals, families and businesses who have been prepared to be innovative and committed to positively contributing to a cleaner and greener environment. These people feel that what they are doing is not only for now- but by doing so they are ensuring that our kids will grow up with a responsibility to do the same. We have been excited about this edition’s My Town, My Place Euroa, where our journalist Cheryl Hammer discovered a range of tremendously exciting businesses and creative individuals who are contributing significantly to the town’s economy. We hope you enjoy reading our regular sections, and I am sure that like me you will find our Echuca house story and the Dookie school garden stories quite inspirational. Happy reading Carmel Johnson


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5 minutes with – Aussie tennis great Pat Rafter............................................................................. 6 Foodie File – Bohjass Restaurant & Wine Bar..................................................................................... 7 Tailored home – Jan & Graeme Weir’s home in Mulwala................................................................ 9 Planting Seeds of Life – Dookie Primary’s kitchen garden project.....................................15 Going, Going Green – Homescape special feature................................................................19 “Dakota 302” – Hotondo’s new display at The Boulevard............................................................33 My Town, My Place – Extraordinary Euroa..............................................................................45 Spirit House – A look at Leah Jones’ house in Euroa.....................................................................50



Kenneth Hince – A lifestyle to treasure..........................................................................................54 Graham Hofmeyer – Industry leader retires..............................................................................57 Beacon Foundation – supporting local students.....................................................................58

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Glasshouse Café – Gourmet food at GVBH..............................................................................62 Travel & Adventure – Jock O’Connor’s Egypt adventure..........................................................64 Sound & Vision – the green tv debate..........................................................................................65 Health & Wellbeing – a brighter smile.......................................................................................68

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Business Directory – A services guide.....................................................................................74 Recipe & Wine – The lighter side of food & wine..........................................................................75



Simply Stylish

Pat Rafter

pour les petits enfants

former Australian World Number 1 tennis player Former world number one tennis player, Pat Rafter, spent five days in Shepparton in April for the 2009 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Federation Cup finals. The former world number one and member of the Tennis Hall of Fame is Australia’s most popular tennis star. His humility on and off the court has endeared him to fans. Pat won two US Open’s against all the odds in 1997 and 1998. He was the last of the great serve volleyers to play the game, and was plagued by a dodgy right shoulder that may have prevented him from reaching further greatness.

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Homescape was lucky enough to catch up with Pat while he was in Shepparton to find out more about the all round nice guy.

113 Fryers Street Shepparton 3630

ph 58 315 315 (next to carpark)

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These world class competitions have been fantastic for Shepparton, what did you enjoy most about our region? Shepparton is a nice town, all the people have been very hospitable, and the tennis centre is great.

You started playing tennis when you were five, how important is junior development today? It’s important to enjoy tennis first of all, and then it’s also important to learn technique, and get that right.

If you weren’t an Australian tennis legend, what would you like to be famous for? Nothing. Being ‘famous’ has its drawbacks.

You have said the greatest honour of your career is winning the Australian of the Year award in 2002. World rankings and Grand Slams have been important to me, but I consider being named Australian of the Year to be the highlight of my life so far.

What is your next major goal? To be honest, I want to make sure my kids understand respect. This is my toughest challenge right now.

You are widely known as all round nice guy and committed charity worker , how would you describe yourself? I can also be a real pain but somehow that goes under the radar! Generally I try my best to be a decent citizen.

What would be your dream holiday? On a surf boat with three of my best mates with great surf, get to a golf course for a couple of rounds and then a week with my family by the pool eating nice food.

Bohjass Restaura nt & Wine Bar, Sheppart on By Cheryl Hammer

F o o d i e

Sojourn is Sweet

F i l e The warm and inviting ambience of Bohjass





has long been part of the Goulburn Valley’s restaurant scene but the eatery has taken on a new lease of life under the diligent eye of its present owners, Steve

Whyte and Raelene


The eclectic mix of contemporary decor and the rustic and somewhat historic features of the venue makes Bohjass a popular meeting place and a favourite with local foodies. Rich







but friendly, wall color blend to welcome you in. Comfortable dining and relaxed corners with inviting couches are perfect for winding down – time just seems to disappear. Steve and Raelene have preserved the originality and quality Bohjass is reputed for but have added their own features and style. The recent inclusion of Sunday breakfast has proven

Our focus has always been to make the restaurant and wine bar accessible and appealing to all types of customers. If it is a drink and

very popular and Friday night live entertainment has been embraced by Bohjass customers. “Our focus has always been to make the restaurant and wine bar accessible and appealing to all types of customers. If it is a drink and light bite to eat through to a special occasion meal, we can cater for it all.

light bite to eat through to a special occasion meal, we can cater for it all.

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Foodie File Raelene is a familiar face at the restaurant in the front of house role most days and Steve is happy to be the jack-of-all-trades enjoying working in all stations “so I am aware of what is required in all jobs we give our staff.” The couple returned home to Shepparton after 10 years in a cafe and takeaway food business, Delatite Food Court, in Benalla. They had some time off around children but were keen to rejoin the hospitality industry and an a la carte restaurant was in their sights. “We have had Bohjass now for 12 months and we are confident we are offering what our customers want. We can be flexible with dining, the comfortable couches attract those in for a drink and the balcony over Wyndham St is great for more informal dining nearly all year round.” A large screen has been installed for corporate functions and the restaurant can be divided to cater for group bookings. The restaurant was the venue for a surprise wedding recently . “Our front of house manager Elissa Duke will make you feel right at home and she endeavours to make every

Bohjass can cater for 10 to 150 people and can

patron’s night a special one,” Steve says.

customise a menu to suit the occasion.

Chef Brendan Hill has stamped his individuality on the

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menu, with many of the traditional meals still available but with a twist – a secret ingredient here and a taste

at the restaurant or Christmas in July function contact Raelene or Elissa at Bohjass on 58 220237. [hs]

sensation there. The chef is also hailed for his food presentation. Bohjass’ wine selection remains extensive, with the majority of the labels sourced from regional vineyards. “It is lovely to be able to tell our customers where the wine came from in our region and there is always a great little story to tell about these labels.” “It is another way to support the region we have invested in. This is a long term commitment for us,” Steve says.

Bohjass Bohjass Restaurant & Wine Bar 276b Wyndham St Shepparton. Phone: 03 5822 0237 Open Monday to Saturday from 5pm till late. Sunday Breakfast from 7am.



to Taste by Cheryl Hammer

Everything Jan and Graeme Weir wanted in their retired lives has been found on the banks of Lake Mulwala,




house they have made their home. After nearly a decade of travelling from Donald to Mulwala for family holidays, Jan and Graeme chose the idyllic lake surrounds as their place of retirement and began building a home to cater for their family and new lifestyle. Over the past 13 years the energetic couple have built, bought and sold six homes, including a farm, in the Mulwala area but their most recent purchase has taken them back to the water - the family’s very drawcard to the area more than two decades ago. The home is full of all the design elements a modern house can offer, with upper level privacy for the master bed and bath and designated study/office, and the lower level open plan kitchen, dining and lounge – all making the most of the spectacular view over the lake. None more so than in the upstairs bathroom where a to-die-for free standing oval bath is placed precision like at a large return glass window which makes you feel like there is nothing between you and the water . No wonder this is Jan’s favourite room. The calming neutral tones of the ceiling to floor tiling is punctuated with a small white stone tile. Elegant! The master bedroom with comfortable sitting area also has an uninterrupted view.



“Weather permitting we are out here a lot to eat and entertain and we spend much of our summer down under the umbrellas.”

Downstairs there are three bedrooms and a second bathroom but it is the stylish living areas that impress. The large galley style kitchen in muted grey features a stunning black granite bench top with Jan’s signature red introduced through kitchen accessories and soft furnishings. “This is where Graeme and I, and sometimes the whole family, grand kids and all, sit around while a meal is being prepared.” “Graeme is the cook so we tend to sit here for meals, particularly this time of year. It is a very liveable space,” Jan says. Again red has been chosen for the more formal dining chairs and gives the home a warm and inviting feel.


A stunning arm chair covered in a distinctive fabric

Like the dining room, the patio features a wall of stone

featuring red flowers injects a sense of fun and style,

brought from nearby Mt Gwynn and took a local

and is a talking point with guests.

tradesman scores of painstaking hours to create.

The home is definitely a family friendly home and

“I can’t take credit this time for all these lovely elements,

nothing is off limits to the grandchildren.

but local lady Maree Belot who designed and built it had designed a house for us before, so we knew we

The living area flows easily out to a patio where a

would love living here.”

pizza oven and barbecue are used often. Another comfortable dining suite beckons you to relax.

But Jan can take credit for the gorgeous, low maintenance garden which dresses the house.

The tiered timber decking encourages visitors to venture toward the water and it is under the red

The sub tropical style was inspired by a lone palm

umbrellas closer to the water that the owners catch a

tree on the street side of the home and is now full of

cool breeze on a warm night.

agaves, cycads and pygmy palms. Mulch and pebbles have been used to keep water in and weeds out. There

“Weather permitting we are out here a lot to eat and

is no lawn at all.

entertain and we spend much of our summer down under the umbrellas.”

It has been called the garden of the future by some of the locals. Maybe, but it certainly is a garden of style

“My grandson fishes for redfin and cod off our jetty

to match the rest of Jan and Graeme’s home. [hs]

most evenings and of course we make good use of the boat being right on the water,” Jan says. HOMESCAPE Magazine




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e f i l Planting Seeds of

by Cheryl Hammer

Sometimes it is the most simple

The project has been made possible through funding

of ideas which brings the most


joy and benefit to a community.

Foundation and a handful of forward thinking, proactive

The small rural town of Dookie

staff and parents of Dookie Primary School.

is testament to this through its recent kitchen garden project at the local primary school. Dookie is one of scores of schools in Australia who now grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food in their very own vegetable garden and custom designed kitchen and eating area. Garden and kitchen lessons are integrated into the school curriculum but this project reaches deliberately into the wider community to encourage others to participate in the wholesome environment. It is all about connecting children with the land, to help them understand what it is to nurture the soil and the seeds they plant in it, to live sustainably, and to take responsibility for their own physical wellbeing, but






Principal, Valda Dickens, planted the seed for the garden with the school council who have taken on the program with great enthusiasm. Led by parent and project co-ordinator, Leiticia Harmer, the school secured funding last October and since then has constructed a vegetable garden, installed a commercial style kitchen, hired a kitchen and garden specialist and integrated activities into the school curriculum. The program essentially targets Years 3 to 6 but Dookie, a school of 29, offers the experience to all students. The prep children, like their older fellow students, are taught how to plant seeds and seedlings, nurture them, harvest them when ready and prepare a meal to share.

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“This is such an exciting and valuable way to teach our kids some of life’s most important skills.

“This is such an exciting and valuable way to teach our

“We have seen some really positive attitude changes in

kids some of life’s most important skills.”

some of the students already because it is such a fun way to learn.”

“Allowing them to make decisions about their relationship with the earth and their food choices

Every Monday the school is a hive of activity while

will result in healthy adults, and ultimately a healthier

students, staff and community volunteers get their

community,” Leiticia says.

hands dirty. Three volunteers are needed in the kitchen and garden and weekly awards reward students’

“We have seen that children are more likely to

efforts in both areas.

experiment with foods they have grown or prepared themselves, and that life-long eating habits are

The winner of the Black Apron Award for excellent

developed early.”

contribution in the kitchen invites a special guest.

Mrs Dickens says all activities also relate directly back

Year 4 student, Mitchell Harrington, invited his Mum

to the students’ studies.

and enjoyed making a meal with her. “The cooking is the best part and being able to take the recipes home

“For example measuring, adding and problem solving

to try.”

is part of their maths lessons and writing and spelling recipes and ingredients fits with English and so on.”

Emily McNiece, Year 6, says she considers her school to be very lucky to have such a great kitchen to learn in. “I like going home and cooking these recipes for the family. Risotto has been my favorite,” she says.


Menus with pumpkin hashbrowns, autumn salad, zucchini muffins and apple crumble are designed around seasonal produce from the harvest table, which comes directly from the school garden and donations made by community members. The harvest table is an integral part of the Stephanie



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Alexander philosophy of eating what the season’s offer. Eventually there will be an abundance of produce for the table with eggs from the garden’s chooks and some can be sold back to the community to help keep the program running. Already the wider population has supported the program through its building phase with major contributor, Bunnings, turning up with an army of


workers from various stores to construct the garden in


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we would be without them.” Other donors such as Adrian Hernan, Dow Engineering, KitchenWise, Ky Glass and Finer Floors all helped finish the project. Leiticia hopes the facilities will be used as a community kitchen for catering, tasting nights, meetings and fundrasiers and that everyone in Dookie will embrace

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the efforts of the program. “Our little school could really be the catalyst to a healthier community.” [hs]

Other schools interested in developing their own kitchen/ garden can contact the Dookie Primary School for more information PH (03) 5828 6585.


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Some say climate change is not something to be feared, but to be embraced, as it brings with it the opportunity to get things right. The team at Homescape would like to help and encourage you to make the switch to green products and never before have such a wide range of innovative sustainable products and Government rebates been made available to us. The next 14 pages contain valuable information that will assist you in saving on household running costs through better energy and water efficiency, more recycling and less waste. There’s nothing here that will break even the most modest budget – just a little commitment to helping the environment – and we are already well along the road to a sustainable future by Going Going Green!

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The Last Straw by Cheryl Hammer

When John O’Donoghue, and his wife Yao, contemplated opening a business in Shepparton, they always knew it would be different.

known for. Yao has been raised with a love for cooking and her menu reflects the clean, green image of the business. The solar passive work place is made of 240 wheat

They needed a new home to sell their solar dried fruit

straw bales and hand rendered to allow creativity in

to the public but wanted an alternative and refreshing

the shape of walls.

environment to do it. The thick rustic render, timber framing - including the So with a passion and knowledge for solar energy the

beautiful 90 year old exposed beams original to the

couple decided on a straw bale building now known as

Ardmona Cannery - and polished concrete floors gives

The Last Straw.

the building an organic, wholesome feel while being very energy efficient.

The earthy yellow tone of the rendered walls, inside and out, is certainly a stark contrast to the industrial buildings and homes around it.

“Straw bale buildings are known for their insulation properties allowing up to 50 per cent energy savings.

It is a warm, welcoming meeting

“Just by orienting windows to take advantage of the

place for people enjoying

sun coupled with the superior insulation of straw bales

coffee or gatherings keen

we have made huge savings and are doing our bit for

to enjoy the authentic Thai

the environment,” a passionate John says.

food that The Last Straw is “We always wanted the building to be a bit of a drawcard, something people would be attracted to, and we find most people are very interested in the construction.”

“Straw bale buildings are known to save up to 50 per cent on energy.”

The owner-builders have used all recycled materials, such as the timber in the restaurant furniture built by John. The low tech building is a perfect fit for their solar drying business and organic grocery sales, including their own organic coffee roasting company, Bean Around. Barista, Shingo Fujimoto, joined John two years ago to explore the business of coffee. A drum roasting machine from Turkey takes pride of place in the shop where customers can enjoy the live theatre of the pair roasting their own coffee brand. Green beans sourced from exotic corners of the world

Create a little outdoor magic with a touch of greenery in decorative pots, bold and beautiful statuary, and the gentle sounds of a water feature, to enhance the tranquil effects of your own tropical paradise.

including Ethiopia, Brazil and Peru, are prepared and packaged on the Keppel St site and sold wholesale and retail. But the best way to enjoy it is take some time to visit The Last Straw and enjoy a cup first hand. [hs]

If you are interested in coffee appreciation classes please contact Shingo on (03) 5822 4990. John is also considering running a workshop on straw bale buildings and can be contacted

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Morning Star Estate is amongst the Mornington Peninsula’s premier restaurant, function and conference venues. Set amidst 22 acres of sweeping vineyards and 850 exquisite roses, showcasing the breathtaking benefits of mulching with Rice Straw.

Environmentally friendly Rice Straw Mulch is formulated completely out of recycled rice stalks. It is a fantastic way to give fabulous and long lasting weed suppression and will give your garden a natural look and feel. Aussie Rice Straw takes up to two years to break down, is water efficient and qualifies for a Government Water Smart Rebate. Tamboora Gardens

Aussie Rice Straw comes straight from the farmer to you.

It’s ideal for plants and veggies, and

the decision to bundle it into smaller packages makes it readily available for domestic gardeners. Rice Straw works exceptionally well in both commercial orchards to the home garden. Commercial growers, using the products have seen improvements in fruit size. Shepparton’s St Georges Road Primary School has used it to great effect on their school gardens.


product is also excellent for use in chook pens, as well as rabbit and guinea pig hutches. Rice straw’s fibrous structure stays springy and has worked well in piggeries due to its capacity to draw water away from the top layer. As a demonstration of the superior quality of rice straw, Ashley at Aussie Rice Straw is pleased to donate his product to the first 100 schools who respond to this editorial on 0448778729* *Conditions Apply

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Straw thing!

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It’s a

Following eight years of success in



agricultural Rice


industry, proprietor

Ashley Dempster is pioneering the use of Australian rice straw as an


environmentally friendly solution for Victoria’s drought affected gardens and orchards. As a natural bi-product of rice cultivation practices, rice straw is a clean and green alternative to traditional straw mulches. Unlike conventional mulch, rice straw doesn’t thatch or form a crust, which means that water is able to easily penetrate through. This has been a great advantage to orchardists who have found that traditional straw products pose problems with water runoff and weeds. Not only does rice straw offer a superior rate of water absorption, it also takes two to three years to break down (depending on layer thickness), and virtually eliminates ground weeds.

What’s more, its dense

structure performs well in windy areas, where lighter products are prone to blowing away. Ashley says that home gardening enthusiasts have had “great success with it around Mornington and Ballarat, both of which are notoriously windy areas.” In instances where pea straw and sugar cane are used, Aussie Rice Straw provides an ideal top coat by protecting the lighter products from the elements. The straw also comes with a number of environmental advantages. Given the quantity and quality of straw produced from a standard rice harvest, rice straw has been typically burned in the field. By utilising the product as mulch, farmers are able to reduce burning and thereby ease the planting of the next crop. As an all-Australian product, Aussie Rice Straw has been put to excellent use in some of Victoria’s most demanding environments. The Department of Sustainability and Environment have extensively utilised the product throughout the Marysville State Forest

after the “Black Saturday” fires and the snowfields. Whilst horticulturalists at Flemington Racecourse (home of the Melbourne Cup), and Morning Star Estate in Mornington have found it ideal for rose gardens. Local rose specialist, Bernie Ryan from Tamboora Gardens believes “his roses are thriving, with the Rice Straw helping maintain moisture and decreasing the amount of watering required”. Rice straw is available from nurseries, hardware stores and landscape gardeners throughout the Goulburn Valley region. Further details can be found on the Aussie Rice Straw website at

In addition to being a member of Nursery and Gardening Industry Australia, Ashley is currently awaiting confirmation on Aussie Rice Straw’s acceptance as an accredited Australian water saving product. HOMESCAPE Magazine


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Sustainable design

A Natural Choice By Debbie mori Contemporary sustainable living is now on display at The Boulevard estate in Shepparton’s north. The Complete Housing Group’s first display home is stylish and modern and boasts all the naturefriendly features today’s environmentally-conscious homeowner expects. Many of the four-bedroom custom-built home’s sustainable attributes are not obvious to the naked eye, but the list of design inclusions reveals the use of energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly Timbercrete bricks made from recycled sawdust and cement; solar power and a solar hot-water system; non-toxic, biodegradable paint in fresh pastel tones; stunning low-voltage lights; a ducted heating and cooling system with a five-star energy rating and four-star sleek and sophisticated plumbing fittings. Spacious north-facing living areas and high-placed windows maximise sunlight while an access point on each side of the 25.6 sq house allows for natural air flow. Outside there is a 2000 litre rainwater tank and a solar-heated in-ground pool. The use of timber complements the display home’s focus on nature. Chunky ironbark posts sourced from nearby Rushworth are standout features on the front porch and in the alluring alfresco area by the pool. Imposing timber double doors open onto the porcelain-tiled front entrance foyer and carpeted lounge area, where 3.6m (12 ft) ceilings show off their striking chrome and crystal hanging lights. Plush aubergine carpet gives the master bedroom a warm, welcoming feel. Soft purple tones feature on the walls and in the enticing ensuite which boasts a huge glass-panelled shower recess, crisp white tiles and a generously-sized vanity unit.

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Green The Complete Housing Group’s first display home is stylish and modern and boasts all the nature-friendly features today’s environmentally-conscious homeowner expects.

Opposite the master bedroom to the right of the

Here one bedroom has been decorated as a boy’s

entrance foyer is a large storage area with handy

retreat while another has been clearly designed for a

access to the double garage.

princess; and the children who occupy them will get a kick out of having their own personal walk-in robes!

Attractive timber French doors invite occupants from

The third bedroom in this part of the home features

the lounge through to the spacious kitchen/dining/

built-in robes while stylish Roman blinds adorn the

family room which opens onto the paved alfresco area

windows in all three.

via large glass doors – talk about a room with a view! The bathroom is close by and is decorated in fresh Brilliant-white vinyl-wrap cupboards, black granite

white and aqua tones while a separate hand-washing

bench-tops, an eye-catching glass splashback and

basin, small vanity unit and mirror have been placed

stainless steel appliances make for a stunning kitchen

conveniently outside the toilet.

while the large skylight adds to the list of clever energyefficient design features.

There is a huge amount of storage space in the large laundry and the home also boasts a ducted vacuum

A porcelain-tiled hallway leads from the kitchen to

system. [hs]

the other three bedrooms where the plush aubergine carpet features again. The beauty of building with The Complete Housing Group is that homes are customdesigned so clients are free to choose colour schemes and the other features.

The Complete Housing Group’s sustainable display home is at 11 Eltham St in The Boulevard estate, Shepparton. Phone 1300 665 937 or visit for more information.



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Orientation is a crucial element of successful passive solar design,

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water saving and ‘green’ design principles for comfortable living.

house. Shade the east and west windows with external blinds in the

It should be designed to take advantage

summer and planting deciduous trees and shrubs will also provide There are still misconceptions in the home building industry when it

shade in the summer while letting in the sun when it is welcome

comes to eco, green and energy efficiency issues. Energy efficiency

during the colder months.

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planet, such as solar hot water and water tanks. Sustainability is an

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The right combination of thermal insulation to slow down

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There should be a strong commitment to insulation, cross

the materials and systems we use to maintain the greening of the

swings, double glazed windows to halve the transfer of heat and cold, and also reduce noise levels.

Building a “Green Smart” home you will be gaining new insights into how your home is built and its relationship with its surroundings, there will be new products, materials and strategies to contemplate.

The ingenious mixing of style and eco friendly design is all


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Green! going, going

Sandalwood, sand hills and

Solar Power by Rhonda Sutton

Whilst many people talk about the problems of the world, Tuesday

In order to protect the area in perpetuity Tuesday has placed a conservation covenant on the land with the Trust for Nature. This ensures that future owners can’t undertake activities which harm the property’s ecological and historical significance. ‘This is a very important part of Australia’s pre white history and natural environment,’ emphasizes Tuesday, ‘It’s been a battle but I do it for indigenous Australians and for my own grandchildren.’

Browell is doing something about

Tuesday has great respect for other cultures and has


donated her time to set up massage clinics in Cape York and the Filipino slums.

Thirteen years ago Tuesday set off in a boat to find some rare trees and fell in love.

In her ‘spare time’ Tuesday keeps busy as custodian of the land.

After five hundred turtles laid their eggs

‘With its huge middens, scarred trees and burial sites

beside the lagoon Tuesday and her daughter marked

the area looked almost prehistoric. I was thrilled to

the nests. They carried the newly hatched babies to the

discover the ancient sandalwood trees on an enormous

water to save them from foxes.

sand hill. There are only eighty of these rare trees still standing in Victoria. They were difficult to find because

Tuesday has killed over 5000 rabbits whose warrens

they’re almost surrounded by water,’ she explains.

were destroying vegetation on the sand hills. This was a huge investment of time and money.

Many of the sand hills that once lined the Murray were leveled for farming.

This land was part of

The encircling lagoon and a stretch of rabbit proof

Torrumbarry Estate, owned by the wealthy Bailleu

fence also helped keep rabbit numbers down. Now

family for generations. It was the largest dairy farm in

the lagoon is empty rabbits are invading her property.

the southern hemisphere. The little patch around the

Tuesday is working hard to persuade authorities to give

sand hills had fortunately been preserved as a pony

the lagoon an environmental water allocation.

paddock, protecting its vegetation and aboriginal history. ‘Anyone could cut down the trees and destroy its heritage, ’ Tuesday explains. She became determined to protect the land so approached the current owner to buy it. Unfortunately his asking price was too high. The sand on the property was a valuable commodity. Eventually, eleven years ago, the owner agreed on a price which Tuesday could afford and she placed some ‘temporary’ railway carriages on the land. She remains living in them today.


lagoon. Brolgas and white breasted sea eagles were once a common sight.

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Over 120 species of birds live and breed around the

The property is home to

Tuesday’s home is surrounded by the bush and many interesting art works. Solar panels provide most of her power needs, in conjunction with a gas stove and refrigerator. There are no large plasma screens. ‘The

our use of power,’ she explains. Everything is turned off when it is not in use. The solar system has certainly paid for itself.’


solar system is small so we have to be very careful in

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kangaroos, echidnas and platypus.

According to Tuesday, ‘The best thing to do with a good idea is to get on with it.’ Hopefully this edition of Homescape has provided lots of ideas on how to reduce your ecological footprint. [hs]

‘It’s been a battle but I do it for indigenous Australians and for my grandchildren.’

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The round beds are built up with compost and allow the chooks to scratch (aerating the soil) and feed off scraps of food, weeds and the aging produce from other beds. And of course the chook manure is essential for nutrient in the ground. No chemical sprays or soil boosters are used. After two months the dome is moved to the next circle where the chooks will do their good work all over again. The bed just released from the chooks is raked, some mulch is added and most of the vegetables will self seed, or Anne adds seedlings for variety. The whole garden is in a pattern to make the most of sun light and keeping beds moist encourages worms to migrate from circle to circle to assist with the natural preservation of the soil.

Circles, Cycles ...and Chooks!

by Cheryl Hammer

Permaculture is no longer the alternative, eccentric

“This system is just so easy. Everything here works together for a healthy, no fuss garden which we pick and cook from nearly every day. “We have more control over what we eat and it certainly does save on the grocery bill. It is less input for more productivity,” Anne says.

way of gardening. It is has been embraced by home gardeners and agriculturalists alike as a natural,

There is silverbeet, rocket, lettuce, capsicum, eggplant,

sustainable way to be productive but lighten their

cabbage, snow peas, plums, apples, pears, and

environmental footprint.

pistachio nuts here, as well as wonderful eggs. And Anne’s introduction of tyre stacks for another angle on

Permaculture abides by a system of patterns and

the no dig garden is full of compost and manure and

zones. The gardens are no dig, low maintenance

then planted up with seedlings.

designs which only introduce elements that work in the natural cycle.

“We love it, it is a lifestyle now and we have inspired others to have a go – that is what it is all about, spreading

A passionate Anne Murphy told Homescape how permaculture has turned her clay clad property on the outskirts of Picola into a productive and exciting garden. Once bare, not so good soil, has been transformed into a 45 square metre market-like garden, full of seasonal vegetables, flowers, fruit and nut trees. Anne and her husband, Dennis, have built six circles which a dome apparatus housing chooks is placed over on a rotation basis of every two months. 32

the word for a healthier lifestyle.” Anne says. [hs]

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The Dakota 302 By Hotondo Homes

Built to provide the ideal home for both comfortable living and impressive entertaining, the dakota 302 is a showcase for contemporary life.

the dakota 302 encompasses everything a family home should â&#x20AC;&#x201C; forward thinking design, quality fittings and casual open plan spaces inviting relaxed entertaining and family time while the outdoor alfresco sala and barbecue sets the scene for all weather cooking and entertaining.

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Family home from Hotondo by leanne downing

mr Colin mintern and His team at Hotondo Homes Have suCCessfully launCHed tHeir Brand new display Home at 24 CanterBury avenue in nortH sHepparton. Known as tHe ‘daKota 302’, tHe stunning aBode features




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living areas, and is ideal for tHe growing family.

as one of australia’s leading home builders, the staff at Hotondo Homes understand how important it is to find a home that adapts to the changing needs of family

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Metzke + Allen is a well respected Chartered Accounting firm with offices located in Shepparton and Melbourne. The firm prides itself on providing a comprehensive range of professional services to both local and national clients, specialising in accountancy, taxation, business development, management consulting, audit, superannuation fund administration and financial planning advice. Renowned for nurturing strong client relationships with a reputation built on professionalism and integrity. Trust in Metzke + Allen for all of your business and finance solutions.

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important elements of space, comfort, and superior design, with quality craftsmanship and outstanding attention to detail. “we are excited to open the dakota display to the public so we can show off all the hard work we’ve put into the home in the past months,’’ said mr mintern. “the design is a great example of the stylish and versatile homes we have to offer.” a striking characteristic of the dakota 302 is its serious commitment to space. featuring three separate living areas, the home effectively zones family living space in a manner rarely seen in contemporary home design. the formal front lounge provides an ideal coffee/ entertaining area for adults, while the open plan kitchen/meals area creates a welcoming and spacious environment for children and teens.

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Head towards the rear of the house, and you’ll find a spacious home theatre room that’s ideally positioned for maximum privacy, and specifically designed to suit the audio-visual needs of the whole family. with state of the art heating and cooling from gas and Cool, the dakota 302 epitomises comfort and sophistication. visitors to the display home are sure to love the real flame gas fire which provides a cosy atmosphere on chilly days. To complement the fireside ambience, mr mintern and the team at Hotondo chose window furnishings from uptown drapes and decor, and the results are superb. the dakota’s emphasis on functional living space also extends to the bedrooms. each of the three standard bedrooms provides ample space for growing children and comes complete with built in robes for all your

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at the front of the home, the master bedroom boasts generously sized his and hers walk in robes, a well proportioned ensuite, an oversized shower and a separate toilet, making it the ideal parent retreat. when it comes to understanding the needs of the modern family, Hotondo have clearly done their homework. at the heart of the home, the large openplan kitchen is replete with all the mod-cons that today’s new home buyers have come to expect. Quality stainless steel appliances are fitted throughout, and a large diamond gloss island bench from the laminex group conveniently separates the kitchen from the family area and complements the home’s natural flow of light and air.

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Designer Kerri Scouller believes windows are the most important feature of every room. The way you dress your windows instantly creates a certain mood or atmosphere. With the right curtains and blinds, you can make a room either vibrant and contemporary, or conservative and traditional. Designing to individual decoration requirements and lifestyles, the Hotondo home features stunning sheer elegant drapes throughout, whilst enhancing the ambiance with the rich color of timber shutters to complement the theme. For the perfect finish for any window, Uptown Drapes & Décor has the solution.

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mr mintern says that one of the most convenient features of the dakota 302 is the strategic positioning of an internal garage door that surprisingly leads straight to the kitchen’s walk-in pantry. “this is ideal for safety-conscious parents who are able to simply drive into the double lock-up garage, close the roller door behind them, and unpack the groceries” he said. another unique feature of the garage is the use of mastershield flake concreting. poured by Concrete Technologies, this stunning flooring highlight not only looks fantastic, but can be used in all parts of the home upon request. according to mr mintern, it works well in wet areas as an alternative to tiling, and also makes a great feature in living areas when matched with a

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Stoddart Building Products has been building a reputation as Australia’s best supplier and installer of metal roofing products to the residential building industry for over 40 years. Our product range includes roofing, fascia and guttering, roof battens, insulation, bullnose systems and all other associated products. Stoddart Building Products provides excellence by bringing together the best qualified installers and our licensed and qualified site supervisors, which will ensure that every project is completed with the highest quality workmanship and installation service available.

Shepparton Building Supplies used only the finest of materials to enhance the Hotondo outdoor living area. Timber highlights create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, showcasing adept use of natural materials to capture the superb integration of alfresco living with the landscaped surrounds. Merbu Timber was used in feature outdoor screenings and decking boards to bring privacy, shade, and texture to the outdoor environment. Shepparton Building Supplies, suppliers of quality natural materials for outdoor decking, screening, shade structures and all your building requirements.

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the user-friendly design of the dakota 302 is equally realised in the home’s stunning alfresco dining space. with direct access from the family/meals domain, the alfresco area adds a brilliant outdoor dimension to the home’s living space. The superbly finished timber decking was sourced from shepparton Building supplies, and provides the ultimate entertainment area for guests of all ages. the modern facade of the dakota 302 is a real drawcard and its use of stria cladding keeps it one step ahead of other designs. stria cladding is the brainchild of James Hardie’s research and development team. it is cleverly made from an advanced cement composite, which challenges conventional building methods, and adds a robust and refined element to the home.

“We are excited to open the Dakota display to the public so we can show off all the hard work we’ve put into the home in the past months,’’


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Shaded Luxury Designer Kerri Scouller believes windows are the most important feature of every room. The way you dress your windows instantly creates a certain mood or atmosphere. With the right curtains and blinds, you can make a room either vibrant and contemporary, or conservative and traditional. Designing to individual decoration requirements and lifestyles, the Hotondo home features stunning sheer elegant drapes throughout, whilst enhancing the ambiance with the rich color of timber shutters to complement the theme. For the perfect finish for any window, Uptown Drapes & Décor has the solution.

The building material of the future is available today with the introduction of a heavy-duty, lightweight  newcomer called SCYON™. The brainchild of James Hardie’s research and development team, this  Uptown Drapes & Décor advanced  cement  composite  challenges  conventional  building  methods  with  a  range  of  products  7993a Melbourne Road, that  includes  inventive  cladding,  weatherboard,  water-resistant  flooring  and  trim.  Available  from Shepparton Hotondo Homes, 1800 677 156 or visit

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the look and feel of the dakota display home has been largely complemented by the expertise of independent building consultants from oakcliff Consultancy. “i engaged peter and Craig from oakcliff to assist with the building specification and colour selection on the display home” says mr mintern. “they worked with the investor to ensure that the standard of the home reflected the expectations of both the investor and Hotondo shepparton” he adds. surrounding the home, the fully landscaped garden provides an impressive demonstration of what can be achieved with the deft combination of effort and

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“Peter & Craig from Oakcliff Consultancy made the building process easy, their Building Specification and Project Folder allowed a clear path from concept through to construction” - perry meka, managing director of global group

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Building and Design made easy Oakcliff Consultancy provides a professional Building Specification and Colour Consultancy Service. Peter and Craig have extensive experience in many facets of the building industry, which is enhanced by strong product knowledge along with an excellent rapport with many suppliers. They are able to guide you through the daunting process of selecting everything for your home – from the color of your front door and windows, to carpets, tiling, cabinetry and appliances. Oakcliff Consultancy strive to be aware of the latest trends and fashions, while remaining grounded and open to the clients individual needs. Providing attention to detail in the design, construction and specification data, involves many technical as well as aesthetic challenges, making Oakcliff Consultancy a cost effective and streamlined service to private customers, owner builders, investors, business clients, builders and developers.

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New ideas

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for that reason, Hotondo offers a huge range of plans and colour schemes that can be customised to suit most budgets. What’s more, Hotondo’s up-front, fixed-price contracts are a great incentive for new home buyers. “our homes are designed to give customers peace of mind, so you don’t have to worry about hidden extras arising further into the building process” says mr Mintern. They are energy efficient and you can choose finishes from a series of versatile colour and texture schemes.” when it comes to understanding quality family homes, Colin mintern is clearly in the know. He’s been in the building industry for over 35 years and has been an Hotondo Homes franchisee for over 15 of those. Being part of a national building group like Hotondo means that he can offer competitive prices due to the company’s national buying power.

Hotondo Supplier S

Unlike this bloke, we know what we’re doing when it comes to electrical work You simply cannot afford to pay an amateur to do your electrical work. The risks are too high. • We are prompt and reliable • We offer guaranteed same day service for emergencies Our reputation has meant that we are the chosen electrical contractor for Hotondo Homes in Shepparton.

Stephen Bolitho Electrical Ph 5823 5123 Mb 0428 254 530

Giovanni’s “SMOOTH AS” Hotondo Shepparton chooses to use Giovanni Faralla Concreting & Bobcat Services to pour the foundations of the homes they build. Faralla’s is a locally owned and operated company that provides the supply, placement and pumping of concrete, and the installation of all associated formwork. Driveways, Patios, Slabs, Paths, Carports, Extensions, Footings and Retaining Walls - Faralla’s pride themselves on their superior quality of service, working closely with their clients to ensure each project is perfect and will stand the test of time.

Giovanni Faralla Concreting & Bobcat Services Mobile 0419 406331 Ph/Fax 5823 2567

“Hotondo Homes is able to receive reduced costs

Hotondo Homes boasts australia’s largest network

from suppliers due to its large purchasing power

of local builders, which means that when you buy a

and these savings are passed on to the customer to

Hotondo home, you’re sure to receive that all-important

minimise overheads and make their dream home more

attention to detail that comes with employing local

affordable,’’ said mr mintern. “another advantage is

tradespeople. since its establishment in 1979, Hotondo

that there are over 90 floor plans in our range, so home

has set a benchmark for providing affordable, quality

buyers have a huge variety to choose from. these

homes throughout the greater shepparton region. [hs]

plans can be modified to suit any special needs the customer may have’’ he adds.

potential new Home Buyers are welCome to view Hotondo’s range of award winning House designs in tHe daKota 302 display Home at 24 CanterBury avenue in nortH sHepparton. offiCe and display Hours are 12 – 5pm tHursday to monday. for more information ContaCt Jeff Berry on 03 5831 2250 or 0407 546 249.

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The Dakota 302 floor pl an

Traditional Floor Plan

SPECIFICATIONS Living Garage Alfresco Total

247.25m2 36.51m2 18.38m2 302.14m2 (32.52 sqs.)

Width Length

14.79 m 26.24 m

* Dimensions, photographs and sketches ar approximate only and may include optional e features. Check with your builder for local standard inclusions. Hotondo reserve the right to change plans, speciďŹ cations, materials and suppliers without notice.

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T O W N , M Y P L A C E


The historic Butter Factory (opened in 1901) is now a beautiful

Ranges, Euroa encapsulates the region’s new “Open Spirit” slogan

accommodation house and the Farmer’s Arms Hotel (first

referring to the big skies, big landscape and the big hearts of its people.

licensed in 1876) is a museum.

You are first struck by the dramatic landscape with breathtaking

Euroa earned its place in history as a premier wool-growing

views around every corner. Rugged granite-topped mountains are

community and remains closely connected with the wool

punctuated by thick stands of pristine bush and are home to rescued,

industry. It celebrates its history during the annual Wool Week

majestic buildings turned into pubs and places to stay.

Festival held in October.

Musician, Paul Wookey, fell in love with Euroa 15 years ago during a teacher placement at the local high school.

just fell in love with the place, forged friendships and three years ago I moved here permanently.” “I love the physicality of the place. The hills, creek, bush. You just

Paul Wookey

“I’d been coming back and forwards from Melbourne often because I

don’t get those experiences in the city,” Paul says.



Alison McDiarmid


Alison McDiarmid has travelled around the world but was happy to choose Euroa when looking for a more settled lifestyle. The municipality is known as Victoria’s thoroughbred homeland due to its expanding horse industry so Alison’s passion for horses and involvement in the equine industry was a perfect fit. With a young daughter, the active mum says being able to access good schools and sporting facilities is important. “I love my job and I have bought a property here in the area so I guess you could say I love the place,” Alison says.

that everyone in the town knows her name. “It is so friendly, with everyone looking out for each other. I feel really

Geoff McLean

safe here in Euroa.”

Bree Lord

A cheerful Bree Lord works at the newly opened Alberts Café and loves

Lifetime resident, Geoff McLean, has never thought about living anywhere else. He farms the same land his family claimed in 1860 and he has watched his children grow up in the rural environment. “It has been a great place for the family and Euroa will always be home,” Geoff says as he finishes his coffee in busy Binney St.



take rest and be revived by the permanent water supply of the Seven Creeks. The bridging of Seven Creeks in 1854 was the genesis of a township.

Reasons to visit Euroa.

Farm Gates & Shed Doors, September 5 & 6, 2009.


Melbourne and Beechworth. Travellers to Sydney also used Euroa to

T O W N ,

During the gold rush, the town became a regular coach stop between

Visit local producers and enjoy their hospitality. Annual Euroa Show, Saturday, October 24, 2009

were built and a National Bank was opened, soon to be the scene of a

Euroa Shines Festival, October 3 &4, 2009

hold-up by the Kelly gang on 10 December, 1878.

Regional wine and food tastings in heritage buildings.

Today the village is an eclectic mix of historical landmarks and facades

Vintage cars and bikes at “Show and Shine.

with the more modern and cultural influences of today’s strip style

Wool Week, Oct 24 – Nov 2, 2009

shopping centres and eateries.


Schools, churches, railway infrastructure and other farming enterprises

According to the locals their town has best of all worlds. Close to centres like Shepparton and Benalla, and an easy one and a half hours drive on the Hume Freeway to Melbourne, residents can live in a relaxed, healthy environment but be close to all the education, health and sporting facilities they need.

Eat . Drink . Enjoy

Beat the Winter Blues

Simply Irresistable!

From the moment you step through the timber French doors, you are transported to a place that could be anywhere in the world. The interior is contemporary yet country, with rustic sandblasted bricks, rich timber surrounds and natural ambience. An open fire that blends with flawless modern cuisine and washed down with exceptional local and international wines. We at the Silver Spoon accommodate larger gatherings in our private function room & outside courtyard. Thursday evenings dine for just $20, includes main course & standard beverage (bookings highly recommended)

Euroa’s only Specialist Beauty Salon. Gemma is a Professional Makeup Artist and has worked with models, actors, debutantes and brides. Her work has appeared on television and in print. Gemma never stops expanding her knowledge in beauty therapy and offers a plethora of specialty treatments. Contact Gemma today for value added ‘Winter Blues’ packages that she is offering in the comfort of her warm and inviting treatment rooms in discreet surroundings. Attractive Gift Vouchers are available along with a Rewards Club incentive.

This boutique chocolate shop, retailing the world’s best imported boxes and a complete range of Australian handmade chocolates by Chocolatier, is a secret hideaway that won’t be kept a secret for too long. Gift wrapped if you wish, we have the perfect chocolate gift or fancy.

The Silver Spoon Restaurant 14 Clifton Street, Euroa Ph 03 5795 2187

Gem’stones Health & Beauty 41 Binney Street, Euroa Ph 03 5795 1088

Complimenting our chocolates we brew the finest cup of Grinders coffee to be slowly enjoyed in our dreamy surrounds, perhaps with a fruit bouchée or a delicious cake. Give yourself the gift of a Chocolate Encounter Experience!

Chocolate Encounter 43 Binney Street, Euroa Ph 0405 660 329 47


Euroa’s Newest Offering

Growing Back the Bush

Spoil yourself at “The Mill”

Passionate owner, Maryanne Anderson, has created a relaxed and inviting “olde world” ambience offering a creative menu using premium local produce, lovingly prepared in a modern kitchen. Savour sumptuous breakfasts to light lunches. Relax on our cosy leather couches and enjoy the eclectic surrounds. It’s a delightful place to catch up with friends to sample the first grade Jasper Coffee or sip on a local regional wine. Alberts is open Mon to Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-1pm.

Euroa Arboretum is a great community parkland to visit in which to rest, explore and enjoy whilst becoming familiar with our indigenous plants. Share a picnic, walk your dog, ride your bike around the circuit tracks or view the decorative screens designed by local artists. Replenish your garden and replace lost trees with plants grown from local seeds or cuttings.

With the backdrop of Seven Creek’s ancient river gums, this wine bar, gallery and function centre is recognised for fine food, wine, art, music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

For plant sales & advice visit the nursery Thursday - Friday 9am-4pm. Gates open weekends 10am-5pm. Pedestrian access 7 days.

Drop in today – it will be well worth the drive!

Alberts Cafe 44 Binney Street, Euroa Ph 5795 3340

Think Globally, Act Locally This newly opened store holds a rich array of colourful textiles, clothing, homewares, jewellery, furniture, and a range of artwork all designed to bring joy into our lives. Leah’s years of experience and love of felt-making is so apparent. She has collected all items from local sources and a broad range of cultures, and the emphasis is on products that are handmade from natural fibres and recycled products. For inspiration, education and some truly therapeutic retail, visit the store open all week and weekends.


naturally made STORE

The Naturally Made Store 39 Binney Street, Euroa Ph 5795 1886

Euroa Arboretum 76 Old Hume Hwy, Euroa Ph 0429 127399

The wine bar is open every Friday evening from 5pm, where you will enjoy the intimacy of an open fire, good company, quality local wines and platters of regional produce…. a perfect end to your working week! The Flour Mill is available for private functions such as weddings, parties and dinners with catering for up to 120 people.

The Flour Mill Gallery 17 Kirkland Avenue, Euroa Ph 57952772

Experience the Unexpected Built in 1901 and nestled on 5 acres, this beautiful building has been lovingly transformed into modern warehouse-style accommodation and function spaces. This boutique B&B with five guest rooms are all styled with contemporary fabrics and an eclectic mix of furnishings. The buildings provide several unique spaces for events including an intimate dining room for groups, a large function room formerly part of the butter packaging area - suitable for larger groups or weddings, conferences and seminars. The old milk receivals room is now a great bar with a courtyard area - perfect for private parties or cocktail functions. Visit our website to consider the options available.


Euroa Butter Factory 79 Boundary Rd Nth, Euroa Ph 5795 1408 0412 438 649



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Design, Develop & Delight

Catering Inside & Out

Come and enjoy a browse through our extensive range of giftware, kitchenware, manchester, glassware, crockery and soft furnishings. Whether it’s that perfect individual gift you are seeking or an item for your home, Gwenda is always happy to spend time helping you find that ideal gift and will make it an interesting and enjoyable experience to visit her store.

Landscape Leisure Lifestyle have an understanding of local peoples needs and can work off your plans to ensure your garden and landscaping is completed with the highest quality products. Anything from a new garden to a makeover of an existing one, we can create the image to suit your lifestyle.

Whether it’s a lunchtime baguette, quick gourmet pizza or a slow-cooked winter warmer, there’s always something special to be found on the menu at the Pickled Olive.

Our gift & homewares range is constantly expanding with new products being added regularly. Visit us today.

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Speak to our team about Paving, StackStone and Feature Walling, Irrigation Systems, Plant Management & Installation, Decking & Pergolas, Turf Installation or a consulting service. It’s all about the client, it’s all about you!

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Premium catering for all occasions and events is also available for corporate functions and special occasions. C&M Catering aims to take the stresses out of making your vision into a reality. We offer a large range of products and services, with the flexibility to tailor make menus… delivered fresh and on time.

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Steeped Rich in History

Seriously Scrumptious

Crucial Pit Stop!

Nestled in the heart of north-east Victoria stands this iconic, family run Hotel. Built more than 100 years ago, you could well imagine this establishment, with its Persian carpets and bull horn embellished open fireplaces, as a local hub for bushrangers and gentleman alike.

Renowned for the famous Jumbuck Pies™ and fabulous coffee this is the perfect stop for a gourmet treat, serving fresh quality house made tartlets, made to order sandwiches and foccacias as well as the tempting ever changing daily specials not to mention the exceptional cakes and slices. Gluten free and coeliac requirements are a speciality. We also house local wines, produce and gifts. Talk to us about your specific catering requirements.

When taking time out to discover the pleasures of this diverse region, why not contemplate stopping at the accredited Strathbogie Ranges Visitor Information Centre located at Euroa BP. There is so much for you to explore, experience and savour in this region and our friendly staff are there to assist you with your enquiries.

Now it prides itself on its locally sourced fresh produce and fine wines served within a warm, authentic country atmosphere. The Hotel is owned and run by seventh generation publicans and has recently featured on Huey’s Cooking Show. Make this visit a unique and pleasurable experience.

Seven Creeks Hotel Tarcombe Street, Euroa Ph 5795 3034

Open 7 days 9am – 4.30pm, fully licensed.

Jumping Jumbuck Restaurant Old Hume Highway, Euroa Ph 5795 1181

This one-stop shop also provides hot & cold food, mini-mart, child changing & feeding facilities, fax-photocopying service, ATM & EFTPOS, and refuelling for the rest of your journey. Open daily 6am-10pm.

Strathbogie Ranges Visitor Information Centre Tarcombe St, Euroa Ph 5795 3677


Gifts & Homewares Galore

Keeping the


When the sign Spirit House Gallery went up outside

The two small original front rooms are adorned with

Leah Jones’ house, locals were intrigued.

Leah’s art which has progressed from her once preferred wearable art (costuming) to Japanese Shibori using

Many knew of the story about a ghost that supposedly

Indigo dye, pleating and wrapping to quilting, felting and

lived in the Euroa home after a tragic death, but Leah

machining – some pieces taking weeks to complete.

had plans for the small miner’s cottage and set to work to turn it into a fascinating canvas for her own artworks.

Cushions in complimentary colours are scattered on the floor along with textured rugs and throws, all which

It is obvious from the front gate this artist loves colour,

carry a tale of travel or relationships cemented through

texture and the exotic. The aubergine and earthy red


front façade makes a strong presence through a small but quaint garden featuring Japanese Maple and

The larger living room beckons you further into the home


where comfortable couches and even more treasures are displayed on walls.

Art also lives in the garden but it is the intricate hand made mosaic tiled step at the front door that draws you

“I am a collector. I have travelled broadly and this house

closer, making you want to enter the “gallery”. A burst

is an expression of all I have seen and experienced,” the

of colour in the front room is a taste of what is to come

former community development worker says.

through the rest of the home which began 90 years ago as a timber frame and is now rendered in concrete.


“I am a raging feminist and love representations of women in all medium and I am lucky my partner enjoys the art and style of our home, it is a blending of all that is important to us, a global touch.” Leah’s partner, Struan, is a handy man and has played a major part in creating the couple’s personal gallery. The kitchen, according to Leah, is a work in progress. It has been added onto the original house and features free standing timber pieces, a butcher’s block and a painted concrete floor that “is so easy to keep clean” and again is a way to add colour to the room. The painted concrete floor is extended out to a walkway and bathroom, but here Leah has spent hours hand painting the ancient Buddhist tree, the Bodhi tree, and created a border of dots to add interest to the back of the house. The rich orange and purples on both the walls and silk curtains in the bathroom and small laundry are breathtaking while pinks, purples and orange also feature in the Indian inspired torans over the office and back bedroom doors. In India they indicate good luck and celebration. “My house is a celebration all year,” Leah laughs.

“My house is a celebration all year,”

rugs makes you want to curl up and enjoy the ambience, but there is more to see. The back of the house can be opened up to an undercover pergola area which is used most of the year for eating and relaxing. The enchanting courtyard again showcases all types of art from stonework, mirrors, more mosaics, to billowing fabrics. Hidden by the jacaranda and jasmine walk is the master sleeping quarters and the artist’s well used work room. This home is truly a reflection of the creative and individual style of its owners. Although the cottage is quite a small space in modern terms, you are left feeling you have been on a journey - a journey full of passion that has culminated in truly a personal space. [hs]

Spirit House

A sitting area with wood fired heater and hand woven

NOTE: Leah now displays and sells her artwork at her shop, The Naturally Made Store, Binney St, Euroa.

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Celebrate Spring in Euroa

with two huge events Euroa Spring Festival

incorporating Wool


24th October 2009 - 2nd November 2009 Join us for an eclectic combination of events showcasing Euroa’s agricultural achievements: arts and cultural activities, music, theatre and the warmth of good old-fashioned country hospitality.

Highlights of the event are the Euroa Traders’ Mall including Wool Week Parade held in Binney Street on Saturday 31st October, and Sunday in the Park held at the Seven Creek’s Park on Sunday 1st November.

Come and join in the fun, there is something for everyone!

Sunday 4th October

A showcase of all our region has to offer in conjunction with the Euroa Show ‘n’ Shine. A diverse range of attractions including the alpaca trail, tag along tours, art shows, craft displays and demonstrations, devonshire teas, open gardens and historical tours.

1800 065 993

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A treasure trove for booklovers Kenneth Hince old & Fine books

It is amazing what can be found in the charming rural towns of our region, a treasure here, a quirky garden piece there, but the most pleasant surprises on these trips can be the people you meet . This is exactly what happened when we visited Euroa for this edition of Homescape. During our endeavour to get to know some of the locals we were steered into the Euroa Fine Books store where we had the pleasure of speaking with Mr Kenneth Hince. His small and somewhat crowded book store has been his place of business for some years now, after choosing to move with his wife from Melbourne for a quieter pace of life in Euroa. The book store owner is surrounded by a collection of rare books which has a limited off street audience but books, and music, are his first love. Kenneth has recently received an award for his 50 years of book sourcing and selling and is an Order of Australia medal recipient for his work as a classical music critic for more than 30 years.

He continued his critique career for a number of other publications including The Observer and The Bulletin,

He was the first music critic for The Australian when

until, in his own words, “ it was time to slow down”.

it was founded in 1964 and travelled Australia and

He was a bookseller by day and had a very successful

internationally until 1977 for the newspaper. In 1978 he

business in Melbourne until his move to the Strathbogie

joined the Age newspaper until 1994.

region. “I am pleased we moved here, it is an appealing pace of life,” a relaxed Kenneth says. We could have listened to this remarkable man’s stories of music and travel all day but there were more discoveries to be made. A lifestyle to treasure!

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Industry Leader Retires After more than three decades in the

bigger and homeowners are opting for house designs


that offer family comfort and entertainment options.




Graham Hofmeyer has retired.

Consideration is now given to the house position on the block for energy efficiency savings purposes and

Homescape caught up with Graham just

more emphasis on the installation of gardens that will

before his retirement to reflect on his

sustain drier conditions.

inspirational career and his views on where the industry is heading.

HS: Where do you see the industry going in the Goulburn Valley?

HS: When did you come to Shepparton?

GH: I think the industry is very strong, and with the

GH: I came from Adelaide in 1979. I was working for the

uptake of the Rudd Government’s First home buyer

building company Blunts and the Victorian Government

scheme houses will go up like mushrooms over the

were rolling out their Decentralization policy.

next twelve months.

HS: How did this affect Shepparton? GH: The eighties were an industry boom time. I joined the Jennings Company in 1983 and witnessed tremendous building growth in rural Victoria.

HS: You will have seen many changes in the industry what have been the most significant? GH: Probably the location in Shepparton of the national building companies. Their presence and the subsequent competition has kept housing very affordable. There have also been many quality housing sub-divisions particularly in the Goulburn Valley. The changes to the building regulations have seen

HS: Is there any downside? GH: Yes more young people need to be encouraged into a building trades career. A decline in skilled trades people is an issue for the Goulburn Valley as we already have a shortage of bricklayers, painters and plasterers.

HS: What do you plan to do with your future “free” time, and what will you miss ? GH: I will miss will be not seeing “people achieving their dreams”. I have seen many people work hard to build their own home and seeing them achieve this has been tremendously satisfying.

improved consequences, and the 5 star energy rating, better building methods, and the range of housing

I am looking forward to doing

options and materials have revolutionized the industry.

some voluntary community

The professionalism of the builders themselves has

work, maybe some

been tremendous.

industry mentoring and spending time

HS: When building or renovating are people

with my wife Sue,

more aware of the environment?

daughters Emma

GH: Everyone is more environmentally conscious

and Rebecca, their

and there are more options now with technology,

families and particularly

building materials, low energy appliances, solar hot

our grandchildren Dallas,

water services, the use of rain storage tanks and

Lacey and Tyson.

other water saving products. Houses are getting

Homescape salutes Graham Hofmeyer for his outstanding contribution to the building and construction industry and the Goulburn Valley Community. HOMESCAPE Magazine


Beacon Foundation    The Beacon Foundation’s No Dole program at Shepparton High School

Mock interviews, work placement, site and industry tours, mentoring, career expos, leadership conferences and the popular work ready program “Polish” are just some of the experiences Beacon helps deliver to schools by utilising the support of local community, business and industry sectors. “We are thrilled with the local response to the recent

was launched at a well attended

launch . Shepp High has really embraced the program,

business breakfast recently with

and not surprisingly, the local community is 100 per

more than 100 local business and

cent behind the shared vision we have for the future


prospects of the region’s young people,” Victorian




support the program.

Beacon coordinator Jo Breen said.

Shepparton High School is the first Shepparton school

Guest speaker and local businessman, Robin Knaggs,

to partner with the Beacon Foundation, adopting

Shepp High School principal Phil Squire and Beacon

activities that support positive career pathways for

State Manager Anthony Garnham urged the large

students from year 10 onwards.

gathering to support the 170 year 10 students. Beacon

Beacon’s core program, No Dole, aims to keep

and Carolyn Bok-Koster were involved in hosting the

students on track with access and motivation to further


Student Ambassadors, Fergus Russell, Tegan Deveny

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As part of the program, students will make a public pledge at a charter signing ceremony on August 4, committing to positive pathways via education, training or employment. “The charter is a great symbolic show of support for the students, it can be a real turning point for some,” Jo said. The Beacon Foundation works with 105 schools across Australia with plans to expand to over 200 by the end of next year, including growth in the north east. Schools currently in the program include Alexandra Secondary College, Yea High School, Euroa Secondary College, Shepparton High School and Echuca schools, St Joseph’s, Echuca College and Moama Grammar. [hs]

Left: Kevin Simpson and Clem Furphy. Right: Peter Bourke and Linda Sali.

For more information about the Beacon Foundation, contact Victorian coordinator Jo Breen on 0408 573 380

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A complete conference package with the best Mother Nature and modern technology have to offer is now available at picturesque Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park. The park’s breathtaking bushland setting is host to the new state-of-the-art conference centre which is bordered by stunning Lake Nagambie and the tranquil Goulburn River. A palette of subtle river tones reminds conference-goers of their natural surroundings when utilising the spacious and comfortable high-tech facilities. There’s also a touch of the exotic with the

Conference packages are tailored to suit guests,

private Mediterranean style courtyard the ideal place

with team-building activities such as exhilarating

to relax, while the nearby break-out rooms are perfect

water sports, leisurely bike-riding to the famous local

for brainstorming sessions. Sounds too good to be

wineries or time-out on the golf course some of the

true? Well it gets better!

many options guaranteed to make your stay the talk of the office for years to come. All guests need to do is turn up, relax and enjoy! Twenty hectares of gorgeous natural bushland is home to the leisure park and its developers have taken clever advantage of its setting to bring busy business guests back to basics. Amenities include Chinaman’s Bridge Café which sits amid the towering river red gums on the water’s edge and provides complete conference catering packages. It’s the ideal spot to take a break from the conference centre to enjoy lunch or dine alfresco on the two levels of decking that line the beautiful river bank. Sample the locally-grown produce and the region’s renowned fine wines at the fully-licensed café or let the conference coordinator organise a social riverboat cruise to Mitchelton Winery and dine among the vines – the options are endless!


Conference guests are encouraged to make the most of the leisure park’s first-class facilities – a dip in the infinity-edge swimming pool that overlooks the lake is the perfect way to unwind when business is done, or an invigorating session in the 25-metre lap lanes might be the kick-start you need to a day of brainstorming. Indulge your competitive streak or just have a friendly hit of tennis on the two all-weather championship courts. The fun doesn’t end there with guests welcome to take advantage of their proximity to the waterways – canoeing is a great team-building activity and the café staff will even pack a picnic lunch to take along. Sailing, water skiing, kayaking, rowing, jet skiing and fishing are some of the many recreational activities that will ensure your conference is an unforgettable event.


The leisure park’s charming new self-contained, airconditioned cabins sit prettily on the water’s edge and feature all the mod-cons you would expect. Wake to the sounds of the natives stirring and step out onto the cabin deck to soak up the scents of the bush and the sights of the river as it ambles by your retreat. Enjoy breakfast on the porch under the regal river red gums or stroll down to the café for a scrumptious continental breakfast. You won’t want to leave! It’s no wonder top corporate clients are making tracks for Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park Conference Centre to enjoy the ultimate in conference facilities. The Queensland State of Origin rugby league team features on the park’s impressive guest list.

For more information contact our Conference Co-ordinator: Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park Conference Centre 69 Loddings Lane, (PO Box 317) Nagambie Vic 3608 Phone: 03 5794 2373 Fax: 03 5794 1629 Email: Website:



Business Brewing in the

Glasshouse by Carmel Johnson

Most of us reading this will have

“The support and feedback we get from the staff and

some memory of visiting a Hospital

visitors to the Hospital has been tremendous, and

and having a meal in the Hospital’s

recently we are seeing more of the Community in the

cafeteria. Whilst the meals have

northern area of Shepparton becoming our regular

always been enjoyable, the range


of gourmet foods now available all





Health’s fashionable Coffee shop The





When The Glasshouse opened its doors, Denise and her twelve employees were delighted when Paul Dimatinna of the renowned coffee family agreed to officiate when the doors opened in October 2006. “Paul has been extremely helpful and I certainly pay tribute to him for his efforts with the staff training and

The new architecturally designed facility is light, airy and strategically placed at the Hospital’s entrance in Graham Street. The furniture is both functional and funky, and the friendly staff in their bright orange

his advice with equipment acquisition. He was also prepared to share his business experience with us, and he still continues to take an active interest with our development” Denise said.

shirts, are enthusiastic and welcoming. And the coffee is always very good!

Also taking a keen interest in the new facility are the staff of GV Health who were encouraged submit their

“We put a great deal of thought and research into

ideas for a quirky name.

finding out what our staff, patients and their families


were wanting our coffee shop to provide” said the

The competition turned out to be a tough call for

manager of GV Health’s Food Services Department

the Hospital Executive as there were many valid

Mrs. Denise Maloney.

competition entries. However it was Nurse Chris

Biesiekierski’s imaginative and creative use of words with her suggestion of The Glasshouse, which was deemed to be the appropriate name. The Glasshouse is open daily and has established itself as a place where the staff come for meals and coffee, patients and their visitors gather, doctors meet,


the Melbourne University medical students regroup,

Community”, said GV Health’s CEO Mrs. Kerryn

and the Ave Maria Village residents come to buy their

Healy. “With the recent expansion of the Hospital’s

daily newspapers.

services and the new buildings, it was apparent that

“It is fantastic to see so many people coming to

said. “The Kiosk was initially established and staffed by

The Glasshouse each day”, said The Glasshouse

the Hospital’s former nurses and volunteers, and they

Supervisor and long serving GV Health employee

certainly did us proud with their many dedicated years

Mrs. Sophie Tsorbaris. “I love coming to work each

of commitment and financial contribution. However

day because we see and hear the positive feedback

whilst consumer expectations are forever changing we

we get from the people who enjoy The Glasshouse

believe that our regional “Hospital coffee shop” is as

atmosphere ….and its very satisfying to see the

good as any major metropolitan Hospital equivalent.”

patients recover” she added.

she added. [hs]







our Hospital Kiosk was bursting at the seams.” Kerryn

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Travel Adventure


Revisited by Jock o’connor

the perimeter fence looking for another gate or a hole in the fence. Just after sunset we ground to a halt

with a great deal of yelling and screaming in Egyptian. We were now further away from the Pyramids than when we started. In the semi darkness I peered to my right only to be confronted with a camel’s face only eight inches away –with its bad breath and an expression on it’s face as if to say – I don’t know what’s going on either. Next morning we set off sightseeing to visit Memphis, the After a 10 year gap I recently returned to Egypt

steep Pyramids at Sakarra before returning to the Pyramids

accompanied by my wife Maureen (her first visit)

for a closer look. Interesting to note at Memphis a huge

on a Discover Africa tour with another 30 people.

statue of Ramses, measuring some 15 metres in length. The

story goes that a local restaurant was digging foundations

Our tour commenced with a flight from Melbourne to Cairo

and kept hitting solid rock which turned out to be two

via Dubai with Emirates. The flight was quite enjoyable.

massive statues.

An interesting point was the tight security with three xray checks before we boarded plus the restriction of

Within walking distance is the Sphinx. The Sphinx is that

taking no more than 100 mls of liquid on board. I have

reclining lion like structure with it’s nose chipped off. To get

no problems with this precaution, but when we boarded

into the Sphinx you travel through the ‘Temple of the Dead’ –

they handed out 300 sets of steel knives and forks!

a huge structure built for the sole purpose of embalming and

preparation for the next life of one person – the Pharaoh. That

On arrival in Cairo we were met and transferred to our

night we took taxis and travelled to the Khan el Khalily market.

Intercontinental Hotel, where if you screwed your neck in

Wall to wall “rip off shops” but there were some bargains,

the right direction you could see the Pyramids. Later in the

nice coffee and the atmosphere was really enjoyable.

day we assembled in the lobby to head to the Pyramids for

a sunset camel ride.

Later, we headed back to the hotel via a carpet making school/factory, where young kids were taught the art

Here we struck a bit of a snag. The sacred month of

of carpet making to earn some money for their families.

Ramadan had just finished, but they had added three

Sounds great, but we got the impression it was more like

days of feasting on the end. Because of that the main

child labour and not a lot of schooling. Late afternoon back

gates shut early, however, never to let an Egyptian

to the hotel for a freshen up and off to the Cairo railway

camel driver miss out on a dollar, we took off around

station for our overnight train ride to Aswan. [hs]

keep your eye out for the next homescape travel and adventure section to catch the second half of jock’s journey to aswan and dubai.


The Green TV Debate If you beLIeVe THe AusTrALIAn greenHouse offICe, TeLeVIsIons Are one of THe greATesT menACes To THe PLAneT. sTATIsTICs sHow THe ProPorTIon of energy ConsumeD by TVs InCreAsIng As we uPgrADe To bIgger sCreens AnD THe more TV’s In more rooms. THe AusTrALIAn goVernmenT HAs resPonDeD by InTroDuCIng An

s o u n d

Sound ViSion

energy sTAr rATIng, sImILAr To ALL LArger APPLIAnCes AnD mInImum PerformAnCe requIremenTs.

The larger the picture of your display, the more power it is going to use. Televisions that use the least amount of electricity are smaller LCD TVs, the biggest energy consumers are the 50+ inch plasma sets. However, these are still better than the “old big box TV”. Do plasmas use more power than LCD’s? The answer is yes. LCD’s use the same amount of power regardless of what’s screening, whereas plasma’s use more power when the picture is bright and less when it is dark. As LCD’s have a picture panel in front of a fluorescent lamp it remains at constant brightness. Plasma’s generate the picture and light in the panel itself, so if the screen is showing a dark picture the individual cells are emitting very little light, whereas, a full white picture uses high energy levels.

Considering the large, variable screen size and darkened room for viewing, the average home theatre projectors are very energy efficient.

SaVing power If you have a TV and would like to reduce the amount of energy it consumes, there are a few things you can do. The most common is switch off at the power point when not in use. new plasma & LCD’s use very little for this purpose, there are bigger savings to be had if you simply adjust your settings.

mor e PICTure LIT TLe Power

With almost all TV’s you will find a master or default setting for the picture, along with specific adjustments (brightness contrast, sharpness) that will set to dynamic or vivid mode. This is designed to outshine other TVs on retailer’s shelves. so by changing this to ‘standard’ or ‘normal’ and adjusting some of the brightness settings it should reduce the amount of power consumption and generally the picture quality is better!

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v i s i o n

TV Size and Screen Type


Shopping for an energy efficient television set can be difficult. The manufacturers’ specs provide minimal power information. Depending on what type of set you buy, a television can consume as little as 45 watts or as much as 500 watts, and cost anywhere from $13 to $145 per year to run. How can you choose a TV to save on energy and if you already have a screen how do you keep its energy consumption down?

Understanding Diabetes by Carmel johnson

Diabetes is a complex meDical conDition characterizeD by too much glucose in the blooD anD affects approximately 1.5 million australians anD there is no cure. unDerstanDing because


Diabetes epiDemic

is nature

important of


conDition means that everyone reaDing this article will know someone with Diabetes... the goulburn valley Diabetes centre is located at gv health in shepparton. the “Diabetes team” provides a supportive clinical care service at the centre, in the outreach clinics as well as the home care support

Debbie ayres

Jana cronin

services. the centre continues to expand to meet the increasing needs of northern victoria including the 40,000 people who either have diabetes or in many cases are unaware that they have the condition. the team at the centre includes specialized nurses, an endocrinologist, medical practitioners, dietitians, psychologists and podiatrists and is managed by gloria kilmartin a respected nurse practitioner who relocated to the goulburn valley to take up the position. “our centre continues to reach out and interact in our community, and we are always looking at ways of delivering our services in the most appropriate settings for our patients” she said. “over the years there have been tremendous advancements in the management of diabetes and the research for a cure is relentless” gloria added.

two goulburn valley diabetic patients who have benefited with technological advancements are Debbie ayres and Jana cronin. Debbie who lives in shepparton has been a diabetic for 43 years and was diagnosed six weeks after undergoing a hole in the heart surgery when she was nine. “In 1966 I clearly remember the first of my daily injections and i thought the syringe was about three inches long! in those days the needles and the syringes had to be stored in mentholated spirits and my meals would have been a challenge for my mother. i was always encouraged to play sport which i did. i married when i was eighteen and a half and had two beautiful children. i have kept good health and these days i have an insulin infusion pump which regulates the infusion of my insulin requirements and allowed me much more flexibility on a daily basis” Also extolling the benefits of the syringe pump she now uses Jana Cronin recalled how difficult it was fifteen years ago when as a twelve year old she was diagnosed with diabetes. “It was difficult being a teenager and feeling “different” she said. but attending a camp for kids with diabetes was a life changing experience for me. i think my siblings liked it also because they could have some food treats which were denied to them when i was around!” Jana who is expecting twins says that whilst the pump is only suitable for type one diabetics who use a short acting insulin, it has certainly transformed

the “Diabetes team” proviDes a supportive clinical care service


her daily regime.

B u s i n e s s

P r o f i l e

! a l a l h . . . oo

Maison Belle Beauty there’s a new business in shepparton and with a name like maison belle beauty you’re sure to feel pampered from the moment you make an appointment! step into the tranquil atmosphere of knight street’s “house of beauty” and the soothing effect is immediate. everyone from nervous brides to hip metrosexuals is catered for by the professional team which includes Clarins Victorian beauty therapist of the year 2006, Crystal Valentine, and experienced massage therapist and beautician donna trickey. business owner belinda barton says packages can be tailored to suit clients, otherwise they can choose from the maison belle beauty “menu” which offers a range of enticing treats. there’s everything from a deluxe bridal makeover to a heavenly relaxation cocoon, which will have you covered in botanical milk and wrapped in a thermal blanket . . . aaah. the “kiss of bliss” treatment is sure to arouse curiosity and the gentle pregnancy massage might be just enough to delay that next teary, “hormonal” episode! if hollywood glamour is more your style, why not try eyelash extensions? They last indefinitely with touchups and with their natural look and feel nobody will be able to tell the difference! you’ll be thrilled with belinda’s special introductory offer.

spoil yourself with maison belle beauty’s gorgeous range of Eles mineral make-up for that next special occasion. Debutantes will love the belle-of-the-ball package which includes a make-up trial. Indulge in a high-performance facial, or for those in a hurry, an express facial is guaranteed to leave you feeling cleansed and refreshed. hand and foot care, eye treatments, waxing and spray-tanning – there’s something for everyone at maison belle beauty. relax and enjoy the sumptuous swiss formulated Pevonia Botanica skin-care range while you unwind with an anti-stress aromatic massage. If it’s pain relief you’re seeking, donna can help with a therapeutic massage while lymphatic drainage massage is designed to reduce swelling, detoxify and aid the body to heal itself. there’s a free treatment up for grabs when you re-book and gift vouchers are also available.

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H e a l t H

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Wealth Finance


When deciding on a home loan

What Does

“Comparison Rate” Mean?

In the past, calculating the real cost of a loan has been

advertised with an interest rate of 8.49% p.a. but the

complicated and difficult. The interest rate is only one

comparison rate is 9.75% p.a. when all the other fees

factor in the overall cost of the loan – fees and charges

and charges are considered.

must also be taken into account. A word of warning when using comparison rates – Comparison rates were introduced so that consumers could easily compare loans from

they do not take into account the various additional features offered by some loan types.

different lenders. The comparison

For example, the benefits of making

rate includes the interest rate, any

additional repayments or accessing a

establishment fees and other upfront

redraw facility are not calculated in the

or ongoing fees for a particular

comparison rate. You may have to

loan and reduces it to a single

pay a little more for these benefits,

percentage figure.

but it may be worth it in the long

All home loan advertising must

your needs. [hs]

run if these features better suit show




For example, a home loan may be

Talk to a trusted local. For finance to make a house your home.

Goulburn Murray

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Whether you are buying, building or refinancing, GMCU offers friendly personal service and local knowledge. We offer a choice of loans, with competitive rates and terms to help you own your home sooner. And if you are an eligible First Home Owner we will help you process the First Home Owners Grant. Whatever your lending needs, talk to a local lender at the GMCU.

W e a l t h

The MB+M Report

Marketing your Business

MB+M Business Solutions partners Rod Miller, Greg Luscombe, Narelle Pesavento, Mike Hall, Peter Bicknell and Rebecca Woolstencroft.

Identify the key points of difference of your business Ask yourself what makes your business different? what makes you better than your

What is marketing?

competition? and are these differences relevant to

Marketing as a concept is often misunderstood. It is often confused by people thinking that marketing is just advertising or sales., but it is much more than that.

your customer? •

market growing? is it changing? Is their a particular product?

Cash Flow” client seminars. Whilst these sessions were primarily focused on the practical and strategic

that “your business is ahead” of your competition. At these seminars clients were given ten tips and some





Set realistic objectives Keep your financial goals plan is also focused on your financial plan.


at the forefront, and make sure your marketing

marketing in their business.

Evaluate your marketing program Measure and review your tactics.

Start with a marketing plan. Knowing your market marketing strategy.


business on a regular basis.

questions to ask themselves in relation to the role of

and your competitors is essential to developing a

Know your competitors Be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your competition.

ways to manage the business’s cash flow, there was also some valuable marketing advice given to ensure

Having an understanding of the market Is the sector of the market more advantageous for your

Recently MB+M conducted a series of “Managing your

F i n a n c e

your products.


Marketing your business is essential for your survival and growth…and whilst there may be a view that the marketing component of a business budget should be slashed in tough times, most successful businesses will tell you that this is the time when you should be strongly marketing

Learn from your experiences

Speak to your

customers, track your competitors and analyse

Focus on your customer. All effective marketing

your business and market to ensure you are taking

strategies begin and end with your customer. You

up every opportunity.

must know who your most profitable customers are and how you can attract new ones. •

Focus on keeping your customers strategies for retaining your customers.

The MB+M Business Solutions team offers innovative Develop

business solutions, technically sound and successful advice and are focused on creating strong client relationships. [hs]

This article has been submitted by MB+M Business Solutions – the Valley’s most dynamic and highly respected accounting firms…. so for the best advice in town call into the MB+M Shepparton office at 23 Nixon Street or phone 5821 9177 to book your consultation... the first one’s on us!




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A SHEPPARTON ART GALLERY & KOORIE HERITAGE TRUST EXHIBITION 20th June 09 through to 9th August 09 Mon – Sun 10am – 4pm Public Holidays 1pm-4pm Shepparton Art Gallery, Eastbank Centre 70 Welsford Street Shepparton


Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July, 2009 At the Echuca Heritage Port Precinct, relax and enjoy the ambiance of the historic area with its restaurants, cafes, pubs, cellar door outlets, attractions, and sensational specialty shops whilst listening to great blues music.Visit:


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SHEPPARTON RUNNERS CLUB 2009 SHEPPARTON RUNNERS CLUB MARATHON Sunday 30th August, 2009 8.00am Princess Park, Quinan Parade Shepparton The marathon course is 3, 14km loops on a bike path following the Goulburn and Broken rivers. Half marathon is 1, 14km loop then 7km out and back. The 10km race is a 10km loop and the 3km will be a loop.


Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd Tues – 8.00pm, Wed – 1.00pm and Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton Fans of Robery Harling’s smash hit film can enjoy this enduring comedy and heart-felt celebration of love, loyalty, and the bonds of sisterhood live on stage with some of Australia’s best loved actresses of stage and screen.


Sunday 13th September, 2009 6.00am Princess Park, Nixon Street, Shepparton These rides are the first of the endurance season. It is a challenging event, but not a race. No Places are recorded, no trophies presented. The 50km and 100km rides are basically over flat terrain while the 200km event includes a 14km climb through the Strathbogie Ranges.

23rd July, 2009 Shire Hall Yarrawonga A Celtic sensation, experience the “Fastest Taps in the World” – direct from Dublin. Contact: Yarrawonga Visitor Information Centre (03) 5744 1989


Tuesday, 14th July, 9:00am to 3:00pmMcLennan Centre Echuca Road, Mooroopn RSVP by 10th July to Rhonda Marino, Diabetes Centre GVH ph: 58323100







Thursday 20th August, 2009 6.30pm McIntosh Centre, Thompson Street, Shepparton Showgrounds Friday 7th August, 11.30am Diana Williams Founder & Executive Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Chair2005 Telstra Australian Business Street, Shepparton Woman of the Year Fernwood Meet the Orchestra explores the Women’s Health Clubs. unique sounds of the symphony orchestra and its instruments. In the 50-minute performance, students are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and the techniques used by composers to express their ideas and emotions, and depict images and stories. SHEPPARTON VILLAGES PRESENTS APPRECIATION CERTIFICATE


Friday 21st August thru to Sunday 23rd August 2009 The Rich River Rally is a bi-annual event and it’s the major event of the Echuca Historical Car and Motorcycle club. For a full program of activities and entry forms, visit


YARRAWONGA & BORDER GOLF CLUB SEPTEMBER TOURNAMENT 7th – 13th September Yarrawonga & Border Golf Club, Mulwala For more details please contact Club on (03) 5744 1911

September 26th thru to October 4th 10am -4pm Monday to Saturday and 12noon – 4pm Sunday Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Pakenham & Hare Streets, Echuca




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leaving our outlet. Our team are dedicated to creating a positive shopping experience. From our Packhouse in Tatura to your home or workplace we pride ourselves on providing the best in chilled fresh fruit, vegetables and selected Grocery products. Fruit 2 your door, delivering fresh fruit & vegetables free to the Greater Shepparton


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Cassoulet time!

& W I N E

1 tbs butter virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, crushed 2 leeks, sliced 1 small fennel, sliced 6 duck mar ylands (lightly floured) 6 thick continental sausages 8 ripe tomatoes, chopped coarsely night) 1 cup puy de lentils* (soaked over nay rdon Cha nda Mira ½ bottle Sam good slosh of brandy sea salt & fresh pepper


pan, Melt butter and oil into shallow el. fenn and leek add garlic, sliced d base y heav her anot in Meanwhile, ly. even ages saus and duck n brow pan ay Add tomatoes, lentils, chardonn ure. mixt el fenn and brandy to Mix Season with salt and pepper. duck with erole cass into r laye and erate and sausages. Braise in a mod with e Serv hrs. 2 oven 180 C for 1 ½ le drizz a and d brea atta crunchy ciab of black truffle oil.

A duck walks into John Anderson’s pharmacy, goes to the counter with a lipstick and says “Put it on my bill”. There aren’t too many bigger pleasures than tucking into a rich cassoulet


with a glass of red, unless, maybe you are in the Playboy mansion on a hot

*Available at Deli Europa Cafe,Shepparton Recipe supplied courtesy of Friar’s

summers night. But we are not. We are in the heart of winter which screams

Cassoulet is the French cousin of our casserole with similar slow cooking and varying flavours. After hitting the Victoria Market, Tim has brewed up this magnificent duck cassoulet with chunks of rustic, hand made pork sausage and fennel. We then blindfolded Phillo to get his thoughts on a wine

for a piping hot wet dish and some of Bacchus’s best.

to match. He ended up with prong marks in both cheeks and a shirt like he had just come home from a B & S ball, but the wine the guru selected is a beauty. The High Plains 2005 Durif from the Sam Miranda stable might not have the Tyson punch of the Rutherglen grape, rather a ballerina with

High Plains 2005 Durif Normally Durif is a very big heavy full flavoured wine. However this particular wine is slightly lighter in body and mouthfeel. It has ripe tannins with a spicy mulberry plum aroma and fresh vibrant fruit finish. A Durif is fantastic served with full flavoured stews and roasts or mature cheeses.

Friar’s Café 127 Fryers Street, Shepparton Ph (03) 5822 2181



To rv ill an d De an Du ck Ca sso ule t INGREDIENTS:

boxing gloves. It has an elegant rich mouthfeel with full ripe fruit characters. It is as dark as the ace of spades with a stewed blackberry nose and clings to the glass to the last drop. Cheers!

Mat and Phillo.

High Plains 2008 Chardonnay The High Plains 2008 Chardonnay displays peach and melon fruit characteristics and an added complexity of vanilla oak. The oak in this Chardonnay is subtle yet present enough to enhance a rich mouthfeel and palate, giving it a seamless structure showcasing a classic cool climate wine.

High Plains 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon The High Plains 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is from a single vineyard and aged in French oak. This Cabernet shows herb aromas and fresh cassis with rich blueberry fruit and chocolate flavours. The wine has a robust mouthfeel yet shows restrained tannins and finishes with elegant texture.

Phillips Cellars & Regional Wine Centre 52 Vaughan Street, Shepparton. Phone: (03) 5821 2051




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